Most Instagrammable Spots in LA
While the June gloom subsided for a couple hours, we took to the streets of Los Angeles to show you the most Instagrammable spots that are a must-see.
There’s something special about the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, but you don’t have to pay for a ticket to see it. In front of the entrance is the Urban Lights display, made up of 202 restored antique lamps. During the day, the lamps cast geometric shadows on the ground. At night, the lamps illuminate the city block for unique Instagram lighting. It’s open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, so there’s always time to beat the crowd and get the perfect picture.
The Pink Wall at Paul Smith
As you’re driving through the heart of LA down Melrose Ave., you’ll come across a huge pink building on a corner. There’s nothing on it—no signs, no lights, nothing. It sticks out, but not like a sore thumb. Everyone’s eyes are glued to it as they walk by. Mid-day, the side of the building—the largest portion of pink wall—remains in the shade, making for perfect Instagram lighting. It has a small attached parking lot, so you don’t have to stand on the sidewalk and wait for people to pass while you get the perfect shot. There are only 2 rules: You can’t use large DSLR cameras (phone cameras only) and you can’t wear pink (unless you want to be camouflaged).
After using a significant amount energy taking pictures in front of a wall, you can walk across the street to refuel at Carrera Café. This cute little coffee shop with an all-white interior serves only the most Instagram-worthy beverages like matcha, turmeric, and rose lattes. It’s the perfect hideaway from the heat and the tourists. Take a pic of you relaxing against the white walls or peering out the window with coffee in hand.
Next stop: Italy! Well, the LA version. The Venice Canals are not what you’d expect. Hidden among the residential neighborhood of Venice Beach are man-made canals lined with lush greenery. They’re connected with quaint wooden bridges that are perfect for a photo-op. It’s hard to believe you’re in the middle of a traffic-jammed city when you’re here—it’s a nice escape and backdrop for any Insta post.
This is probably the most popular Instagram spot in LA. It’s also the most versatile and concise. What? Let me explain: Abbott Kinney is a one-stop shop for influencers looking for new content. Between each hipster coffee shop, boutique, and vegan restaurant is a unique mural painted on the entire side wall of the building. There’s a mural for every Instagram feed—muted, bright, black and white, you name it—all packed into a single, palm tree-lined street in the middle of Los Angeles. Our favorites are…
Salt and Straw
Sitting on a corner of Abbott Kinney, surrounded by murals, is Salt and Straw, arguably the best ice cream. . . ever. It’s not your average sweet treat, though. Their flavors are a play on traditional fan favorites, like Salted, Malted, Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough and James Coffee and Bourbon. For the uber-adventurous, they have flavors like Honey Lavender and Black Olive Brittle and Goat Cheese. Hmm. Regardless, it’s the perfect spot to take a break from exploring and enjoy some of the best ice cream in the city. Just remember, phone eats first.
Cha Cha Matcha
If you’re not in the mood for ice cream, there’s another place for cold treats—Cha Cha Matcha! It’s less than a block away from Salt and Straw, but just as Instagrammable. On the outside there’s a wall covered with greenery and a pink fluorescent sign that reads, “I love you a matcha!” It’s the perfect place to grab an iced latte and snap a pic of it outside. Inside has plenty of photo-ops too with the all-pink walls and furniture.
If you’re new to LA or just want some new places to go, use this guide on your next day trip! Let us know you visited by tagging #SYLikes to show us your amazing content and for a chance to be featured on our Insta!